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Family Crambidae - Crambid Snout Moths

Elegant Grass-veneer - Microcrambus elegans Pyralid - Pediasia trisecta Bold-feathered Grass Moth - Hodges#5275 - Herpetogramma pertextalis Diasemiodes nigralis Pyrausta acrionalis  Striped Eudonia - Hodges#4738 - Eudonia strigalis Crambid - Parapoynx seminealis Crambid Snout Moth
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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea
Family Crambidae (Crambid Snout Moths)
Pronunciation
KRAM-bid-ee
Numbers
About 850 species in 9 subfamilies in North America
About 11,630 described species in 15 subfamilies in the world.
Size
Small to medium: wingspan usually 10-35 mm.
Identification
Proboscis with scales at base; tympanal organs (ears) at base of abdomen ventrally and 'opened' anteriomedially (visible in anteriorly-angled lateral view).
Range
Cosmopolitan
Habitat
In or on terrestrial or aquatic vegetation; one group lives only in nests of arboreal ants.
Food
Larvae are stem borers, root feeders, leaf tiers, and leaf miners.
Remarks
Includes many economically important pest species.
Print References
Solis, M. Alma (2007) Phylogenetic studies and modern classification of the Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) (read online)
Internet References
Family characteristics plus biology and references (Gerald Fauske, Moths of North Dakota)